Insitu Unveils its High-Seas, Long-Endurance Integrator VTOL UAV System

Insitu, a Boeing Company, announced its latest unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the Integrator Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exhibition in National Harbor, Maryland. Integrator VTOL is a portable system that can launch vertically from ships or land without any loss in payload capacity or endurance, making it ideal for maritime conditions with high seas and gusty winds.

Designed to operate in tight quarters, such as ship decks, Integrator VTOL has no stationary launch and recovery equipment, making it easy to transport and minimize the impact on other flight operations. The system offers a significant improvement in range and endurance over hybrid-VTOLs, with greater than 16 hours of endurance carrying 40 lbs. of best-in-class, modular payloads.

Integrator VTOL has two parts: the Flying Launch and Recovery System (FLARES) developed by Hood Tech, and the Insitu Integrator air vehicle. FLARES performs normal operations at half throttle, allowing significant control authority to withstand gusts, lower density air and higher ship deck motion. Once FLARES engages Integrator and climbs into the sky, it releases Integrator to perform its long-range, wide-area surveillance mission for extended durations.

As Integrator approaches at the end of its mission, FLARES again climbs into the sky with a recovery rope attached and performs Insitu’s maritime retrieval method. FLARES then lowers Integrator to the ship’s deck or landing area to complete the mission. According to Diane Rose, Insitu’s President and CEO, “Integrator VTOL is a no-compromise unmanned aircraft system. Customers can finally have it all: vertical launch and recovery with industry-leading payload capacity and endurance for their most critical missions, even in the most extreme maritime environments and sea states, without sacrificing valuable transport, deck, or hangar space.”

No Replies to "Insitu Unveils its High-Seas, Long-Endurance Integrator VTOL UAV System"